OEAA Nominees: Music list is out

The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards have released this year’s nominees for music (as well as arts, etc.). Read the entire music list.

It’s a good list of Omaha music, especially if you’re looking for something new to listen to.

I enjoy that the awards have gotten the categories down pretty well, with a couple exceptions. Bands are in the right categories and there are very few bands that a) are in completely the wrong category, b) are not from anywhere near Omaha or c) I’ve never, ever heard of.

The Mynabirds or Icky Blossoms should win best artist and best album, in my opinion. Both of their records were fantastic and they’re the two biggest things happening in Omaha right now. Both records are great.

My only qualms are this: Why is there an “Indie” music category? Aren’t all these bands “indie?” Yes. I know it’s being used as a music genre, but I’ve always thought “alternative” was a much better adjective than “indie.” The Grammys use it.

The other one is “Best Progressive/Experimental/Funk.” Lumping in Satchel Grande with InDreama is kind of a weird deal. I understand that there aren’t really a whole lot of progressive, experimental or funk bands so giving them each their own category probably won’t work. I don’t know the solution to this one, but it is goofy.

Read the list after the jump.

Best Artist
Snake Island!
Rock Paper Dynamite
The Mynabirds
Icky Blossoms
The End In Red
Dominique Morgan

Best Album
The End In Red
Cannonista
The Mynabirds
Rock Paper Dynamite
Icky Blossoms
Conduits

Best New Artist
Good Show Great Show
Field Club
Universe Contest
DJEM
ShiShi Sakari
AZP

Best Hard Rock
The End In Red
Cannonista
The Wreckage
Screaming For Silence
Save The Hero
Bloodcow

Best Rock
The Seen
The Minnahoonies
Voodoo Method
Rock Paper Dynamite
Moses Prey
Snake Island!

Best Songwriter/Folk
All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
Tara Vaughan Band
Mitch Gettman
Edge of Arbor
Great American Desert
Daniel Christian

Best Blues
Kris Lager Band
Hector Anchondo
Levi William Band
The Lil Slim Blues Band
Honeyboy Turner Band
Brad Cordle Band

Best Soul/R&B
Dominique Morgan
JaSoulo
Jus. B
The 9’s
Enjoli
Taggiz

Best Country/Americana
The Electroliners
Brad Hoshaw & The Seven Deadlies
Belles & Whistles
The Whipkey Three
Traveling Mercies
Matt Cox

Best DJ/EDM
E Babbs
Surreal The Mc
Wrekafekt
$penclove
BASStoven
inflect

Best Indie
The Mynabirds
Conduits
Icky Blossoms
Universe Contest
Lonely Estates
Cursive

Best Cover Band
Secret Weapon
Hi-Fi Hangover
3D In Your Face
The Confidentials
Charm School Dropouts
Lemon Fresh Day

Best Ethnic
Cornerstone Dub
The Bishops
Rhythm Collective
Rosendo Robles
Ellis Island
Mariachi Luna y Sol

Best Progressive/Experimental/Funk
Funk Trek
Satchel Grande
The Midland Band
Touch People
Blue Martian Tribe
InDreama

Best Jazz
Steve Raybine
Towne/Murray
Matt Amandus
Luigi Inc.
Todd Campbell
Omaha Guitar Trio

Best Hip-Hop
Jamazz
Jimmy Hooligan
Galvanized Tron
ShiShi Sakari
Purveyors of the Conscious Sound
Scru Face Jean

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